‘Millennials’ Change the Landscape of Education

June 11, 2008 03:31 PM
by Jen O'Neill
The technological gap between “old school” teachers and today’s technically savvy students results in “new school” approaches.

30-Second Summary

Members of the Internet Generation, also known as Millennials, are skilled “media multitaskers” when left to their own devices. Practically from the cradle, they’ve developed the ability to concurrently watch YouTube videos, send text messages, IM their friends and download songs, with little effort.
As a result, teaching today’s interactive learners requires incorporating different approaches to knowledge acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking.
Emerging pedagogy and curriculum fosters both formal and informal learning environments—physical and virtual—where students learn in the classroom with hands-on approaches, and with communal and independent learning spaces.
A 2004 United States Department of Education study found that children between the ages of 2 and 5 were the largest group of new Internet users, indicating that multimedia approaches to learning continue to be the wave of the future.
When students are not engaged, however, they feel powerless—which ultimately defeats the purpose of education.

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